My 12-year-old autistic son, Archie, runs his own business, Castaway Cottage, which is now a limited company, making and selling ethical cosmetics including soaps, bath bombs and wax melts. Just two weeks ago, he was put into isolation for several hours in Watford General for an asthma attack. Terrifyingly, his symptoms were very similar to COVID-19. However, the compassion, care and love he was shown by the staff was amazing.
Archie was keen to show his appreciation for the NHS staff working so hard in the face of adversity, particularly as many of his regular clients are on the front line or have family or friends on the frontline including a midwife, who has contracted COVID-19.
On Friday 27th March he launched a giveaway via video, for NHS staff living and/or working in Hertfordshire. He put together a box of soothing treats including: a pretty melter; calming melts; a mini soap packed with essential oils; a bath crumble that turns the bath a gorgeous sea blue and a hand-crocheted scrubbie to complete the pack.
He asked for customers, friends and family to share and nominate someone they know via the Castaway Cottage Facebook and Instagram pages. At 11.45 on Sunday 29th March, he also spoke live on the BBC 3 Counties radio to promote the giveaway. You can listen here https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p087r8mj (1hr:45).
The draw on Sunday 29th March attracted 113 unique nominations via Facebook and Instagram. Archie did the draw live and nominations were randomly pulled out of the hat. He felt we should do more, so he gave another 20 mini treats away. We are now busy distributing these to our winners. Archie echoed many people’s heartfelt opinions as he enthused: “the work that our NHS frontline staff do is wonderful. They are very brave and deserve a treat at the end of a long day. We are very lucky to have them.”